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Virginia Sheriff: No More Facebook Passwords Needed

Policy of checking potential employees' pages suspended



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    A Virginia Sheriff's office has stopped asking job seekers for Facebook passwords.

    A Virginia sheriff’s office said it will stop reviewing Facebook accounts of potential employees.

    Applicants to the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office used to have to allow screeners to see their social media accounts, but outrage from both job seekers and lawmakers has forced the office, and others around the country, to suspend the practice.

    Congress requested an investigation into whether it is legal for employers to check Facebook accounts of prospective hires.

    The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office said the practice will be suspended for their hiring until that investigation is complete.